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Design for Aging: The Difference a Year Can Make—Adult Day Programs Emerging to a New Normal

MAY DFA 2021

Image: Brandi Derr

  • COST

    Free for BSA members, $10 General admission. Learn more about membership options here.

  • TYPE





    1.5 LU/HSW AIA continuing education credits available

Adult day centers are the “first responders” in providing appropriate solutions to personal circumstances that impact one’s ability to function independently. They are the least institutional, healthcare support option with community, therapy-based activities.
The success and effectiveness of a day center depends first and foremost on the staff and the program. Bolstered by universally designed physical environment, the day program can help clients thrive.
Age-friendly spaces, indoors and outdoors, thoughtfully laid out, “advertise” their use by broadcasting multi-sensory cues such as color, light, sound and aromas.
Supportive – but non-intrusive features accommodate safety and wellbeing. These features combined with an intuitive, clear layout with visual landmarks - assist in navigation.
Following almost a year of closure it is impossible to just pick up where we left off in March of 2020. Programs, spaces, equipment and building systems in addition to attitudes must be adapted to the new normal.
This interactive discussion will be led by Dr. Brandi Derr, Program Director, Rogerson Communities, and Ruth Neeman AIA, Director of Senior Environment Studio at LWDA. The use of case studies will deepen understanding and provide useful tools to evaluate potential spaces for adaptive reuse as a day program or improve existing spaces.